St Ann's on Rathdowne is a true anachronism. Melbourne restaurateurs are continually chasing minimalist ideals in space design, and attempting to stretch the mod-Oz boundaries. How refreshing, how romantic to find a place that depends on excellent service, bucolic hospitality and expertly prepared dishes. Single candle lights dance off oil paintings by one of the waitresses. Blood red walls and dark wood furniture absorb any distraction from the elegant food and wine.
The chilli scallops wrapped in prosciutto with a herb mayonnaise and served with fresh lettuce leaves and miniature French fries ignite the palate. The house-made chicken liver pate has the perfect texture to accompany warm crusty bread. And the house-made roast pumpkin and parmesan ravioli with a white wine cream cheese sauce, sprinkled with crisp-fried pumpkin, melts in the mouth like foie gras. The everchanging wine list includes excellent examples of several international varieties.